Asked by: Valery Cremer
asked in category: General Last Updated: 18th January, 2020

How much does a car thermostat open?

Once the temperature of the coolant rises to between 180 and 195 F (82 - 91 C), the thermostat starts to open, allowing fluid to flow through the radiator. By the time the coolant reaches 200 to 218 F (93 - 103 C), the thermostat is open all the way.

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Accordingly, how does a car thermostat open?

Any liquid-cooled car engine has a small device called the thermostat that sits between the engine and the radiator. When the engine is cold, no coolant flows through the engine. Once the engine reaches its operating temperature (generally about 200 degrees F, 95 degrees C), the thermostat opens.

Also Know, is it OK to drive with a thermostat stuck open? Most automobile mechanics will tell you it is not a good idea to drive your car without a thermostat installed. If your thermostat becomes stuck in the closed position, though, this will cause your engine to overheat and make driving your car impossible.

Keeping this in consideration, how much is a thermostat supposed to open?

The thermostat opens at about 180-200 F. If the water is boiling in the overflow tank that means it is at or above boiling temperature of 212F. Check your thermostat for proper operation and top off your radiator fluid.

What are the symptoms of a bad thermostat?

There are several common symptoms associated with a bad or failing thermostat that will alert you that service is due.

  • Temperature gauge reading very high and engine overheating.
  • Temperature changing erratically.
  • Coolant leaks around the thermostat housing or under the vehicle.

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